featuring RPS 205 alumni on the 205 VIBE! We caught up with Guilford High
School graduate Jake Runestad, class of 2004. He went to Winona State
University and earned a bachelor’s in instrumental music education in 2009.
Runestad is a musician – specifically a composer and conductor. He has a
master’s of music in composition, which he earned from the Peabody Conservatory
of The Johns Hopkins University in 2011. He lives in Minneapolis, Minn.
from Guilford High School, which other RPS 205 schools did you attend?
I attended Bloom Elementary School and Eisenhower Middle School.
favorite memory about attending school in RPS 205?
When I was a senior, the Guilford High School band director, Mr. Rick DeRango,
offered to perform a composition that I wrote for the wind ensemble. It was a
transformational moment for me to hear my music being played by other musicians
and inspired me to continue composing music. Little did I know then that years
later my music would be nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award!
How has your time
in Rockford Public Schools contributed to your success – whether in your career
The opportunity to participate in the arts was crucial to my educational
experience and offered the strengths that the arts provide all students:
opportunities for self-expression, fostering compassion, storytelling,
higher-level thinking, a broadened worldview, and engagement with diverse
cultures and ideas.
Is there anything
else you want to say about your time in RPS 205? Advice for seniors? A teacher,
coach or mentor you want to thank?
I have so many teachers and mentors to thank in my RPS 205 schooling. I’m proud
of my public school education and am grateful for the opportunities it provided
me. I took advantage of all of the honors classes and extracurricular
activities that I could, and these experiences provided a solid grounding for
my life as a professional musician.
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